Author Archives: geoffcain

Promoting Authentic Learning in the Age of AI

As an instructional designer and former English teacher, I have mixed feelings about using A.I. to produce school work. If there is a learning outcome that is legitimately met by a particular tool (including AI), then fine – let’s include … Continue reading

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Mastodon and a Sense of Community

This is just a quick update on my experiences moving from Twitter to Mastodon. I am very happy with my move out of the Twitter dumpster fire. At first, it was a real shock pulling myself out of the dozen … Continue reading

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Visual Learning and the Graphic Syllabus in Five Questions

I am working with a few faculty on campus who are looking to adopt a graphic syllabus. This brief posting is basically a recording of that conversation for online reference. Those who have read this blog for a while know … Continue reading

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Future Post: Dismantling A.I.

This is a “guest post” by ChatGPT. I asked “it” to write an essay on how to dismantle the strangle-hold AI has on society just in case it is needed for the future. I was relieved that I do not … Continue reading

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Hypothes.is: Annotation Starter Assignments

I was in a great workshop today from the Hypothesis Customer Success Team on Starter Assignments to get students used to annotating. Clover Park Technical College is a partner campus so we have access to workshops, a campus customer support … Continue reading

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Decoding Ice Age Cave Paintings

Amateur Archaeologist Decodes Ice Age Calendar in Cave Paintings – ARTnews.com I love this story because all my life I have heard that these cave paintings were religious or examples of “early art.” It is that, but is also likely … Continue reading

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ChatbotGPT: The New Mechanical Turk

I am unimpressed with the ChatbotGPT. I asked it to write a sestina, and it could not follow the formula or even write decent rhyming couplets which it used to substitute for the formula for a sestina. It managed to … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Futures Past, or Where’s my conveyer belt sidewalk?

We are rapidly approaching that wondrous time of year when pundits congratulate themselves for being right on technology. I used to make pronouncements about technology quite frequently because I was an avid reader of Popular Science and a couple of … Continue reading

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AI and the Death of the College Essay

The Atlantic’s December issue has an essay “The College Essay Is Dead: Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia” by Stephen Marche that says that AI is going to make the college essay irrelevant. I say good riddance. … Continue reading

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Remembering Char Gore

I worked with Char Gore in my role as instructional designer at Tacoma Community College. She was the most innovative and forward-thinking instructors I had ever met. Back in 2008, she was interested in working in virtual worlds, using wikis, … Continue reading

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